Jeff Monken, an assistant coach under Paul Johnson at Navy the past six years, begins his first season at Georgia Tech as slot backs coach (also known as the A-Backs) and special teams coordinator.
At Navy, Monken served all six seasons as coach of the slot backs. He tagged on the duties of special teams coordinator in 2005.
Monken was part of a staff that led Navy to success not seen in Annapolis in decades, while making the Midshipmen one of the nation's most prolific offenses. Navy won 35 games over the previous four seasons, advanced to four straight bowl games and earned four consecutive Commander-In-Chief's Trophies.
In 2007, Navy's offense put up remarkable numbers. The Midshipmen ranked first nationally in rushing (348.8 ypg), 10th in scoring (39.3 ppg), 22nd in total offense (444.1 ypg) and ninth in sacks allowed (1.08 pg).
The previous season in 2006, Navy averaged a then-school-record 327 yards rushing per game to lead the nation. The slots rushed for 1,619 yards and 13 touchdowns on just 196 carries (8.4 yards per carry) in 2006. Reggie Campbell set a single-season school record by averaging 7.1 yards per carry and his career average of 7.9 yards per carry is third all-time at Navy.
In 2005, the Mids averaged a nation's-best 318.7 yards per contest as Navy won a school-record second-straight bowl game and won the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy. As a unit, Monken's slot backs rushed for 1,399 yards and 19 touchdowns on just 169 carries (8.3 yards per carry) and caught 29 passes for 683 yards and four touchdowns (23.6 yards per reception). Campbell tied Barry Sanders, among others, in the NCAA record books when he scored five touchdowns in a bowl game as the Mids routed Colorado State, 51-30, to win the Poinsettia Bowl.
In 2004, the slot backs led the Midshipmen to finish 45th in the country in total offense (388.8 yards per game), third in rushing offense (289.5), win a school-record tying 10 games (the most wins since 1905), win the Emerald Bowl and claim the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy in back-to-back years. One of Monken's pupils, Eric Roberts, became the first player in Navy history and just the 35th player in NCAA history to have more than 1,000 career rushing and receiving yards.
In 2003, Navy's slot backs were explosive, averaging 9.8 yards per carry and 21.8 yards per catch as the Mids led the nation in rushing (323.2 yards per contest) and set then-school records for rushing yards per game, total rushing yards (4,202), rushing yards per attempt (5.5), rushing touchdowns (44), total offense (5,506), total offense per game (423.5) and yards per play (6.0).
In 2002, Navy had the third-best rushing average in the country (270.75) and scored 30 or more points on four occasions.
Monken came to Navy from Georgia Southern, where he coached the slot backs. Georgia Southern was the top-ranked rushing team in the country in 1999 (419 yards per game) and 2001 (323.6 yards per game). He also headed up the Eagles' kickoff and punt return teams, as well as the punt team. Georgia Southern's punt team ranked fourth in the nation in 2001, averaging a net of 38.71 yards.
Monken has experienced a wide variety of duties throughout his career -- beginning in 1989 as a graduate assistant at Hawai'i. After a one-year stint as a graduate assistant at Arizona State in 1991, he moved on to Buffalo, where he served as the wide receivers and tight ends coach and was the recruiting coordinator. Prior to his arrival in Statesboro, he also served on the staffs at Morton (Ill.) High School (head coach) and Concordia (Ill.) University (offensive line).
Monken comes from a long line of coaches, as 12 members of his family have been or currently are high school or college football coaches. Monken's father, Mike, and his four brothers, were all head high school coaches at the same time in Illinois and were featured in Sports Illustrated.
The Joliet, Ill., native earned a bachelor's degree from Millikin in 1989, where he played wide receiver for four years and was a two-time letterwinner in track. In 1991, Monken earned his master's degree from the University of Hawai'i. Monken and his wife Beth have two daughters, Isabelle (4) and newborn Amelia.